Best Beaches in Bali
Before you know it, you'll have spent the day lazing on a beach with a bintang or fresh coconut in hand
Best Beaches in Bali
There are a number of incredible beaches in Bali, whether you're looking for privacy, great surf, watersports or a quiet spot... We've narrowed it down to our top ten picks, from the ever-popular southern Bukit Peninsula to a few hidden gems off the beaten track.
Padang Padang Beach, Uluwatu
Padang Padang Beach, also known locally as ‘Labuan Sait’ is based on the north-western coast of the Bukit Peninsula, in Uluwatu, Once you’ve managed the lengthy descent down it’s leading steps, and through a hollow rock entrance, you will find pristine white sand that runs along a 100m stretch. It is a hugely popular surf spot and hosts many international surf events, such as the Rip Curl Cup. Surfboard rentals are available, but not suitable for beginners due to the shallow break and coral. Non-surfers can enjoy its unique rock caves and tidal swimming pools.
Melasti Beach, Uluwatu
Melasti Beach, also known as Melasti Ungasan Is located in Ungasan village, on the southernmost tip of Bali. Sheltered by tall limestone cliffs and set against a backdrop of luscious green vegetation, the white sand and turquoise waters contrast beautifully. Its shallow waters and coral make for excellent swimming and snorkelling. You will find umbrellas to rent on the beach or if going all out visit Palmilla Beach Club where you can enjoy a cocktail in the infinity pool, looking out onto the beach and plenty of delicious food served all day.
Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran
Jimbaran Bay lies on the western side of Bali’s narrow peninsula, just 20 minutes south of the airport. Its golden sand, calm waters and incredible sunsets have attracted a number of 5* resorts, and honeymooners over the years and is therefore considered one of Bali’s most luxurious beach areas. Despite this, it has maintained character and cultural charm, and offers a selection of seafood barbecue restaurants lining the beach. Great for families, couples and groups of travellers, we would highly recommend visiting if nearby.
Bingin Beach, Bukit Peninsula
Bingin Beach is located in the south of Bali in Pecatu Village, about 30 minutes from the airport and only 10 minutes from Uluwatu Temple. Although a long walk down to the beach, it’ll be worth it when you get there. Enjoy picture-perfect sunsets along the white sand beach, and a friendly and mellow vibe that’ll put you straight into holiday mode! Steep fast waves and a shallow reef mean it is better suited to advanced surfers. However, sit back and relax in one of the cliffside restaurants and enjoy a cold beverage as you watch the pros take to the water!
Nyang Nyang, Bukit Peninsula
Nyang Nyang beach is located in southern Bali on the Bukit Peninsula. Remote and secluded, it is quieter than many of the other beaches and offers a 1.5km stretch of white sand backed by a luscious green cliffside. On the eastern edge of the beach, you will find the remains of an old shipwreck. Now adorned in graffiti-style artwork and paints, it makes for some cool pictures. Remember to pack plenty of snacks and water, and check the map before you leave as the trade-off for a quiet beach is limited vendors and a hidden entrance off the beaten path.
Jungut Batu, Nusa Lembongan
Ok, so whilst Nusa Lembongan isn’t technically Bali, it is only a 30-minute fast boat from Sanur(on the east of the island), and one of our favourites, so how could we not include it? Its landscape is a mixture of dense mangrove forests, limestone cliffs and white sand beaches looking onto the Indian Ocean. The small island is a slower pace than Bali but hosts a number of fantastic beaches, such as Jungut Batu – the main beach, where the majority of boats from Bali arrive. This is the biggest beach on the island and great for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding and plenty of spots for a bite to eat.
Gunung Payung Beach, Nusa Dua Peninsula
Located on the south coast of Bali, in Adat Kutuh Village, just 15 minutes from Nusa Dua is the stunning Gunung Payung Beach. Nestled beneath towering limestone cliffs and overlooked by a sacred Hindu temple, the beach lies hidden at the foot of 100 steps. A great bay for swimming and exploring the coral reef (tide dependant) or for the more adventurous you can paraglide along the stunning coastline and enjoy the best views of the Bukit Peninsula. Kayaks and canoes are also available for hire and if you need a break from the sun, you can explore the large cave further along the beach. Most food vendors and facilities are located by the car park, so be sure to bring everything you need to the beach, unless you’re planning to up your step count.
Geger Beach, Nusa Dua
Located in the southeast of Bali, in Nusa Dua, Geger Beach offers a quiet stretch of fine white sand, fringed with palm trees and a calm shallow coastline for swimming. The area, known for its five-star luxury resorts, immaculate upkeep and security, has meant it is hugely popular with honeymooners and families. Spanning just over 1km in length... in the north, you will find rental equipment for water sports and sun loungers, whilst in the south, you will find the luxury resorts that share the beach. Surfing and snorkelling are both possible, though a little further from the coastline so a boat rental might be required. With plenty of eateries, outdoor showers, massage services and more, its temptations are many.
Pandawa Beach, South Kuta
Pandawa Beach, referred to locally as Pantai Pandawa, is located in Padung, on the island’s southern Bukit peninsula, south of Kuta. Before arriving at the beach you will find a number of impressive statues calved into the cliff edge, each representing hero characters from the Mahabharata epic. The soft white sand beach is just over 1km in length, flanked by two small capes which generally allow for calmer waters. The eastern end of the beach tends to be quieter and less developed so take a walk along to see where’s best for you. Kayaks, paddleboards, sun loungers and umbrellas are all available to rent, whilst the beach walk is lined with a number of warungs and market stalls. A relaxed, family-friendly beach with a good atmosphere.
Balangan Beach, Kuta
Balangan Beach, locally referred to as Pantai Balangan, is located in the southern part of the island, just 25 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from Uluwatu Temple. The golden sands stretch some 200m, with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, and blessed with incredible sunsets. The vegetated limestone cliffs provide a luscious green backdrop as you relax on your sunbed and enjoy the cool sea breeze. Though swimming is possible, it is somewhat of a surfers playground, particularly through summer months, where swells can reach up to 3m. Personally, we loved sipping fresh smoothies on the beach whilst people-watching.